Link – Parents urged to discuss online safety after surge in child sex abuse calls to Childline

“A sharp jump in calls to a helpline about online sexual abuse has sparked an appeal for parents to discuss internet safety with children receiving smartphones, games consoles and tablet computers this Christmas.

The NSPCC said there were 3,716 Childline counselling sessions about the issue in 2015/16 – a 24 per cent increase on the 2,994 the previous year.

Over the past three years, the number of contacts to Childline about online sexual abuse has surged by 250 per cent.”

Don’t assume your kids aren’t being approached by strangers on the internet, and don’t assume that your kids know better, or worse, that they don’t know how to interact with strangers. Talk to them and make sure.


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